Cover of: Angel of Harlem | Kuwana Haulsey

Angel of Harlem

a novel based on the life of Dr. May Chinn

1st ed.

Published by One World/Ballantine Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Inspired by the extraordinary events of Dr. May Chinn's life, Angel ofHarlem is a deeply affecting story of love and transcendence. Weaving seamlessly scenes from the battlefields of the Civil War, during which her father escaped from slavery, to the Harlem living rooms and kitchen tables where May is sometimes forced to operate on her patients, this fascinating novel lays bare the heart of a woman who changed the face of medicine.A gifted, beautiful young woman in the 1920s, May Edward Chinn dreams only of music. For years she accompanies the famed singer Paul Robeson. However, a racist professor ends her hopes of becoming a concert pianist. But from one dashed dream blooms another: May would become a doctor instead---the first black female physician in all of New York.Giddy with the wonder of the Harlem Renaissance and fueled by firebrand friends like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, May doggedly pursues her ambitions while striving to overcome the pains of her past: the death of a fiance, a lost child, and a distant father ravished by the legacy of slavery. With every grief she encounters, a resilient piece of herself locks into place. At times risking her life--attending to men stabbed in their homes and women left to die in filthy alleys--May struggles to carve out a place for herself within a medical world that still teaches that a "Negro" brain is not anatomically wired for higher thinking. Yet against the odds, she achieves her goal, starts her own practice, and becomes one of the first cancer specialists in the city.Alive with the pulse of black unrest in 1920s New York, this beautifully textured novel moves with fearlessness and grace through a history that is by turns ugly and sublime. With Angel of Harlem, critically acclaimed author Kuwana Haulsey gives poetic voice to the story of a remarkable woman who had the courage to dream and live beyond her era's limitations.From the Hardcover edition.

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.6
Library of Congress
PS3558.A7576 A54 2004

The Physical Object

Pagination
340 p. ;
Number of pages
340

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3305610M
Internet Archive
angelofharlemnov00haul
ISBN 10
0375508708
LC Control Number
2004049284
Library Thing
1260829
Goodreads
2353687
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